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MA Screen: Acting

College
CSM
Start date
January 2019
Course length
1 year full time (45 weeks)

Course summary

Places available 2018/19
This course has places available for January 2019 entry. View the 'How to apply' section on this page for more details.

A Drama Centre course at Central Saint Martins. MA Screen Acting course specialises in giving the actor a rigorous and intense conservatoire training focused on delivering performance for the screen.

Whether on film or television or other recorded media such radio. The student will be involved in many filmed projects including a final short film professionally produced as well as professionally shot show reel material. The course also gives the student a full programme of professional preparation with current industry professionals, including casting directors, agents, producers.

This course is part of the Drama and Performance Programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • This course has produced many successful alumni including a Welsh Bafta winner and a number of feature film leads
  • You’ll engage with industry professionals
  • With good time-management, a number of students also carry out extra-curricular activities. Current student Mirin Barr won Best Actress at the Campus Moviefest Awards for her part in 'One Beautiful Day', directed by fellow student Rudina Hatipi. One Beautiful Day has also been selected for the Campus Movie Fest Wildcard Challenge
  • You’ll collaborate closely with MA Screen: Directing, students on numerous camera based projects throughout the course. Other recent collaborations include working with London College of Fashion, Wimbledon and Trinity Laban
  • MA Screen, Acting is built upon Stanislavski’s approach to the text and the actor. Working closely with MA directing students this approach enables both to grow creatively as artists
  • MA Screen Acting is one of the courses in the Drama and Performance Programme that originates from the unique approach and techniques that were developed by Drama Centre London.

News

Rungano Nyoni, MA Screen Acting alum, wins the Everyman Award for Best Film for I am not a Witch (The Guardian)

Scholarships, awards and funding available

Jane Rapley Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

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Facilities

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Costume

Find out more about the Costume facilities at Archway.

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Post-production

Find out more about our post-production workshop.

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Digital media

Find out more about our digital media facility at King's Cross.

Course details

MA Screen: Acting prepares you for work in film and television and related fields by bringing together the key artistic knowledge and skills that are needed to give a truthful and exciting performance on screen. MA Screen: Acting is delivered in close collaboration with MA Screen: Directing.

At the heart of the postgraduate course is the growth of individual creativity, achieved through constant opportunities for working on camera-based projects with colleagues from other pathways. Course components include acting skills and practice, the creation and production of filmed dramas (shot in the studio and on location), and in-depth preparation for the profession (including interview and audition techniques).

Distinctive features of MA Screen: Acting are:

  • An intense conservatoire approach to training for the screen
  • A performance-led approach to film
  • A company operating model
  • The acquisition of a deep understanding of the processes leading to the creation of the films.
  • A professional learning model that prepares you for direct entry into the world of work
  • A focus on creative solutions to the technical aspects of production
  • Concentration on professional preparation with industry professionals.

Course outline

MA Screen: Acting lasts 45 weeks over 12 months and is structured as units - class-based to begin with, but increasingly project-geared over time. This postgraduate course is intensive. You'll be expected to commit 35 hours per week to classes, rehearsals and shoots, and to your own independent preparation and learning.

Students who come to MA Screen: Acting expect vocational training plus a high level of autonomous learning. The practical elements of the course contribute to the intensity of the experience and sharpen your professional ability to deliver on time, on budget and at an appropriate level.

MA Screen: Acting breaks away from the traditional stage-focused training by providing a specific programme directly relevant to film and television. Delivered in close working partnership with MA Screen: Directing, it features an extended programme of acting skills, two film projects which are professionally produced and shot on location and in CSM’s film Studio and then edited and screened. You will also be part of an Audio project, that will cover all aspects of the recorded voice and its application in film and television, gaming, commercials, computer games and documentaries and radio drama. As well as a two week programme of professional preparation.

The MA course culminates with professionally shot showreel material, directed by a working professional director, which is then screened alongside your other filmed projects to an invited industry audience that includes agents and casting directors.

Assessment

Assessment is practical, based on performance and class work. There is no formal written examination, though you will be expected to carry out and present extensive research, as well as deliver practice-informed reflective journal summaries.

Staff

Alan  Dunnett

Alan Dunnett

Associate Lecturer, MA Screen: Directing, Writing and BA Acting, Drama Centre London.

Bill  Britten

Bill Britten

Acting and Directing for Camera Tutor, Drama and Performance

John  Beschizza

John Beschizza

Acting Tutor, MA Screen: Directing

Course Leader: Michael Bray
Arts & Business and Professional Preparation Advisor: 
Gary Davy

How to apply

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of July at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300-500 words)

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • Do you have any relevant experience?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Please note: If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and audition.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

You will be contacted by UAL to book and pay for an audition online. The non-refundable audition fee is £50.00.

Auditions normally take place between March and October. We seek to audition and interview all applicants. We recommend you choose an early audition date. For more details about our audition procedure visit the auditions and interviews page.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder) and your account on the UAL Applicant Portal. These emails will contain important information about your application.

Stage one

Candidates are required to present two contrasting speeches, each lasting no longer than three minutes. Both speeches should be from screenplays or stage plays written later than 1870

  • One or both speeches may be replaced with duologue scenes from screenplays or from stage plays written later than 1870. In this case you'll need to bring a partner with you to present the scene or scenes with
  • All candidates are interviewed, with particular attention given to the texts chosen, their context and meaning
  • You may also be asked to improvise or do some simple exercises

Stage two

Following the initial audition/interview, we use a recall system, normally on the following Thursday after your initial audition. The second phase of your audition may include:

  • Work under direction on one or both speeches or scenes
  • A screen test
  • A sight reading exercise
  • A short test of the ability to hear and accurately reproduce rhythm, emphasis and tone
  • An assessment of the candidate's ability to work co-operatively through simple improvisations and devising exercises
  • On audition/interview days you'll be looked after by current students who will do their utmost to guide you around Drama Centre London, answer your questions and help you relax so you can give the best account of your potential. Auditions/interviews normally involve at least one member of the profession.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept applications for deferred entry.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of July at the very latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted the required documents.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course. (Write between 300-500 words)

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • Do you have any relevant experience?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

Please note: If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and audition.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and audition.

What happens next

You will be contacted by UAL to book and pay for an audition online. The non-refundable audition fee is £50.00.

Auditions normally take place between March and October. We seek to audition and interview all applicants. We recommend you choose an early audition date. For more details about our audition procedure visit the auditions and interviews page.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder) and your account on the UAL Applicant Portal. These emails will contain important information about your application.

Stage one

  • Candidates are required to present two contrasting speeches, each lasting no longer than three minutes. Both speeches should be from screenplays or stage plays written later than 1870
  • One or both speeches may be replaced with duologue scenes from screenplays or from stage plays written later than 1870. In this case you'll need to bring a partner with you to present the scene or scenes with
  • All candidates are interviewed, with particular attention given to the texts chosen, their context and meaning
  • You may also be asked to improvise or do some simple exercises

Stage two

Following the initial audition/interview, we use a recall system, normally on the following Thursday after your initial audition. The second phase of your audition may include:

  • Work under direction on one or both speeches or scenes
  • A screen test
  • A sight reading exercise
  • A short test of the ability to hear and accurately reproduce rhythm, emphasis and tone
  • An assessment of the candidate's ability to work co-operatively through simple improvisations and devising exercises
  • On audition/interview days you'll be looked after by current students who will do their utmost to guide you around Drama Centre London, answer your questions and help you relax so you can give the best account of your potential. Auditions/interviews normally involve at least one member of the profession.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Can’t attend the audition?

International applicants (or EU applicants in exceptional circumstances) unable to attend the audition at college may submit a digital recording of their performance of the two speeches via UAL's online video upload system.  However, you must attend the recall day in person if successful in the first stage assessment.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept applications for deferred entry.


Entry requirements

An applicant will be considered for admission who has already achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours Degree.

A candidate’s qualification for the course may be demonstrated by:

  • An Honours degree in acting, drama, directing, theatre studies, dance, or a relevant art and design discipline; or
  • A Level 3 Diploma from a recognised professional drama or dance school (e.g. a member of Drama UK or The Council for Dance Education and Training); or
  • An Honours degree in a discipline other than those listed above plus demonstrable performance-related experience, either professionally or within an amateur or student context; or
  • At least three years' appropriate professional experience as a performer, director or writer.

Applicants will normally hold an honours level qualification or equivalent professional recognition or significant and relevant prior experience. However, the possession of entry qualifications alone does not entitle a candidate to be admitted to the Course. Evidence of ability is demonstrated by the applicant’s application and the audition.

Advanced entry: applicants may be considered for admitted at a point later than the start of the Course, provided that they have fulfilled, in a way judged to be equivalent, the requirements of the Course prior to the proposed point of entry.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 7.0.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

What we look for

We're looking for students ready to take on an extremely demanding profession, who are mature and self-confident, and who are willing to take criticism and turn it to their advantage while preserving a sense of humour. You'll need to be resourceful and committed to following a postgraduate programme of study that's screen-oriented, exploratory and geared to the needs of the profession. We audition all applicants.

MA Screen: Acting is aimed primarily at graduates and mature students who can apply a high degree of independence to their learning. Successful candidates bring to the course an understanding of drama in its various contexts plus an ability to work autonomously for sustained periods with the necessary focus and resilience. As MA Screen: Acting puts a strong emphasis on collaboration within an ensemble, you're expected to show openness, flexibility and generosity in the context of the creative group.

The vocational nature of MA Screen: Acting implies a high degree of proficiency at entry. We do, however, balance this against perceived potential, especially where we identify a clear understanding of the profession and a realistic view of career development and employment prospects.

Selection criteria

Your application, audition and interview will be assessed for:

Essential criteria:

  • High level of intellectual engagement
  • High physical awareness and adaptability
  • High vocal awareness and adaptability
  • Highly developed characterisation
  • High interactive awareness and adaptability
  • Confident and flexible collaboration

Desirable criteria:

  • Basic experience of screen

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2019: £16,800. Please note that these prices are subject to change.

£1,000 discount for students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our register your interest form.

International fee

Tuition fees for course that starts in January 2019: £21,840. Please note that these prices are subject to change.

£1,000 discount for students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our training equips you to work in drama realised on film, television and radio. Some MA Screen: Acting graduates have gone on to work on the stage. An impressive list of performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at Drama Centre London.

Alumni include Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Frances de la Tour, Paola Dionisotti, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Jack Shepherd, John Simm, Colin Tierney, Lambert Wilson, Penelope Wilton and many more.

Adrian Noble (for ten years Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company); film writer and director David Leland; novelist Esther Freud, television director Jan Sargent and BAFTA winner Rungano Nyoni are among our graduates.

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